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P V Sindhu loses to Carolina Marin in final, ends up with silver

World number one Carolina Marin of Spain overcame a first game loss to outplay India's P. V. Sindhu 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 in the final and win the gold medal in the badminton women's singles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
P. V. Sindhu
P. V. Sindhu
World number one Carolina Marin of Spain overcame a first game loss to outplay India's P. V. Sindhu 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 in the final and win the gold medal in the badminton women's singles at the Olympic Games here today.
 
It was Marin almost all the way in the match, barring the later stages of the first game, when Sindhu came from behind at 12-16 to first come up on level and then reel off five points in a row to win at 21-16.
 
But, overall, the 21-year-old was up against a much better player today as the Spaniard played aggressively almost throughout and controlled the proceedings.
 
This was the first time that an Indian had made it to the badminton singles final and the silver that Sindhu won today is an improvement on the bronze won by her teammate Saina Nehwal at the London Olympics in 2012.
 
Sindhu, appearing in her first Olympics, managed to stay level with Marin in the opening minutes but was soon behind at 2-5, 5-9 and then 6-12 as the Spaniard attacked well, both from the baseline and the net, and kept her rival moving all over court.
 
The Indian, however, fought back to narrow the gap at 16-17 but Marin then moved ahead to 19-16 with a powerful shot to Sindhu's backhand. A series of unforced errors by Marin helped Sindhu pull up at 19-19 and the Indian quickly picked up two more points to win at 21-19 before the Spaniard quite realised what had happened. Sindhu had scored five points in a row at that stage, reminding spectators of the manner in which she had reeled off 11 points in a row in the second game of yesterday's semi-final against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, which she had won 21-19, 21-10.
 
Marin, an amazingly fast mover on the court, appeared more determined in the second game as she quickly jumped to a 4-0 lead, which she widened to 10-2 and then 11-4 before Sindhu could settle down.
 
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Sindhu fought back briefly, defending wll and come up some good shots at the net, to make it 7-14 but Marin, with superb angled shots, beautiful wrist work and deft placements, ensured that she stayed ahead, moving to 18-10 and then sealing the game at 21-12.
 
Marin began the decider on an aggressive note, grabbing a 7-4 lead. Again, Sindhu clawed her way back into the game by equalising at 10-10. The two players crossed over with Marin having a slender 11-10 advantage.
 
Sindhu kept up the fight but could not quite catch up and was behind at 14-16 from where Marin managed six points in a row to end up with six match points and prevailed finally at 21-15 to win the gold -- the first European woman to achieve the distinction in badminton at the Olympics. Sindhu is the first Indian woman to win a silver at the Olympics.
 
Sindhu has, in the process, become the fourth Indian to win an Olympic siver. The first was shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in 2004, followed by shooter Vijay Kumkar and wrestler Sushil Kumar, both in 2008.
 
The silver helped India to move up to the 57th place in the medals tally table.
 
“I played well. I wanted to win, but I could not," Sindhu said after the match. “I am proud of what I have achieved.  Silver is no  mean achievement in  the Olympics."
 
“It was a tough encounter  and I gave my best," Sindhu said. “Marin is a very good player she played well. I tried to stop her in the third, but could not but I am not complaining.
 
“Every player wants to win and, in my heart of hearts, I was also thinking that only one match is left for the gld but that  turned out to be elusive.
 
“Never mind, it was a good match. I never thought I will ever play in the Olympic final. I am happy with the silver I got," she added.
 
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ICC World T20: New Zealand stun India by 47 runs

New Zealand pulled off a stunning 47-run win over hosts India in the first group stage match of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Nagpur on Tuesday night.
 
New Zealand stun India, win by 47 runs
 
New Zealand pulled off a stunning 47-run win over hosts India in the first group stage match of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.
 
The hosts appeared to have done well when they restricted New Zealand to 126 for seven in their 20 overs after the Kiwis' skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first.
 
But they then managed to bowl out the Indians for just 79 in 18.1 overs to maintain their all-win record against India in T20 internationals, winning all the five matches they have met in so far. The shabby batting performance by the Indians was clearly no match for the might of the New Zealand bowling today.
 
Chasing what appeared to be an easy target, both the Indian openers departed under 10 runs. Shikhar Dhawan (1) was the first to go, trapped leg before wicket by Nathan McCullum.
 
Rohit Sharma followed him in the third over after making just five runs. He tried to take on Mitchell Santer, only to be removed by a stumping by Luke Ronchi. Suresh Raina (1) followed him into the pavilion in the same over. The south paw tried to flick the ball past mid-wicket only to play it too high and was caught by a waiting Martin Guptill at short mid-wicket.
 
Circumstances turned worse when Yuvraj Singh (4) followed within the power play, giving a return catch to Mccullum. Kohli who tried to build the innings with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni departed at the start of the ninth over.
 
By this time India were 39/5 and had bleak hopes of regaining control of the match.
 
Soon the rest of the tail tumbled for a feeble 79/10 in 18.1 overs. Except Dhoni (30), Kohli (23) and Ravichandran Ashwin (10), none of the other batsmen could cross into double digits.
 
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The New Zealnd bowlers had a great day in the field with the ball. Slow-left-arm bowler Santer topped the bowling chart with figures of four for 11 with an economy of 2.75. This was backed up by Ish Sodhi who clamed three wickets for 18 in his four overs. Santer was chosen Player of the Match.
 
Earlier, things did not appear to be going to well for the Kiwis as they made first use of the pitch.
 
Opener Guptill smashed the first ball of the match from Ashwin for a straight six. But the off-spinner got even two balls later, trapping the batsman leg before wicket.
 
Colin Munro, who replaced him, departed after making just seven an over later, top-edging Ashish Nehra's ball to wide mid-on.
 
From then on, the Indian bowling attack struck home in terms of both picking up wickets at regular intervals and also restricting the Kiwis' run tally. 
 
Both Raina and Ravindra Jadeja completed their four overs with figures of one for 15 as the Indians came up with a good all-round perfomrnance in the field.
 
Dhoni took a catch off Jadeja and did a stumping as well and two brilliant runouts by Raina and Dhawan added to New Zealand's woes.
 
Corey Anderson stood out in the batting order, scoring 34 runs, and Luke Ronchi  scored 21 off 11 balls to take the side's total to 126 for seven at the end of 20 overs.
 
Scoreboard:
New Zealand innings (20 overs maximum)
MJ Guptill lbw b Ashwin 6
KS Williamson st Dhoni b Raina 8
C Munro c Pandya b Nehra 7
CJ Anderson b Bumrah 34
LRPL Taylor run out (Raina) 10
MJ Santner c †Dhoni b Jadeja 18
GD Elliott run out (Dhawan/Nehra) 9
L Ronchi not out 21
NL McCullum not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 6) 13
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 126 (6.30 runs per over)
Did not bat: AF Milne, IS Sodhi
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Guptill, 0.2 ov), 2-13 (Munro, 1.3 ov), 3-35 (Williamson, 6.5 ov), 4-61 (Taylor, 11.3 ov), 5-89 (Anderson, 15.4 ov), 6-98 (Santner, 16.4 ov), 7-114 (Elliott, 19.3 ov)
Bowling
R Ashwin 4 0 32 1
A Nehra 3 1 20 1
JJ Bumrah 4 0 15 1
SK Raina 4 0 16 1
RA Jadeja 4 0 26 1
HH Pandya 1 0 10 0
 
India innings (target: 127 runs from 20 overs)
RG Sharma st Ronchi b Santner 5
S Dhawan lbw b McCullum 1
V Kohli c Ronchi b Sodhi 23
SK Raina c Guptill b Santner 1
Yuvraj Singh c & b McCullum 4
MS Dhoni c McCullum b Santner 30
HH Pandya lbw b Santner 1
RA Jadeja c & b Sodhi 0
R Ashwin st Ronchi b Sodhi 10
A Nehra b Milne 0
JJ Bumrah not out 0
Extras (w 3, nb 1) 4
Total (all out; 18.1 overs) 79 (4.34 runs per over)
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Dhawan, 0.5 ov), 2-10 (Sharma, 2.2 ov), 3-12 (Raina, 2.5 ov), 4-26 (Yuvraj Singh, 4.5 ov), 5-39 (Kohli, 8.1 ov), 6-42 (Pandya, 9.4 ov), 7-43 (Jadeja, 10.2 ov), 8-73 (Ashwin, 16.3 ov), 9-79 (Dhoni, 17.4 ov), 10-79 (Nehra, 18.1 ov)
Bowling
NL McCullum 3 0 15 2
CJ Anderson 3 0 18 0
MJ Santner 4 0 11 4
GD Elliott 2 0 9 0
AF Milne 2.1 0 8 1
IS Sodhi 4 0 18 3
 
Toss - New Zealand, who chose to bat
Points - New Zealand 2, India 0
Player of the match - MJ Santner (New Zealand)
 
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SC appoints Gavaskar to oversee IPL as interim BCCI chief, Yadav to handle other functions

The Supreme Court on Friday appointed former Indian cricket skipper Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of the BCCI to oversee the IPL in place of incumbent N Srinivasan, who has stepped aside till the completion of the inquiry into allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the Twenty20 tournament.
 
BCCI counsel welcomes SC verdict
The Supreme Court today appointed former Indian cricket skipper Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to oversee the Indian Premier League (IPL) in place of incumbent N Srinivasan, who has stepped aside till the completion of the inquiry into allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the Twenty20 tournament.
 
The apex court also said that all other functions of the BCCI president would be handled by another former cricketer, Shivlal Yadav, who is the seniormost vice-president of the BCCI. He represents the South Zone, the zone represented by Mr Srinivasan.
 
The court also allowed the two teams, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), to participate in the seventh season of IPL beginning April 16. Both teams are being investigated for alleged involvement in the betting and spot-fixing scandal.
 
A two-judge bench comprising Mr Justice A K Patnaik and Mr Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla posted the matters before them, arising out of two petitions, for further hearing to April 16 and noted that it would take some more days after that for the hearing to be completed and for judgement to be delivered.
 
They noted that Mr Srinivasan had made a written offer through his counsel that, till investigation into which the allegations against him is completed, he will not discharge any of the functions of the post.
 
Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the Cricket Association of Bihar in one of the petitions, had submitted that no further investigation into the allegations against Mr. Srinivasan is necessary as the findings of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, appointed by the court, and the materials relied on by the said committee for the findings were sufficient for the court to remove Mr. Srinivasan from the post of BCCI president as prayed in the petition before the Bombay High Court.
 
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"As we are yet to hear all the parties in these matters, we cannot at this stage form any opinion and pass orders on the basis of such opinion for removal of Mr. Srinivasan from the post of the President of the BCCI. 
 
"The IPL 2014 is, however, scheduled to commence on 16th April, 2014 and we have to pass interim orders to ensure that all those who love cricket continue to watch cricket in IPL 2014 and the matches are played by the players in accordance with the IPL Rules," the judges said.
 
"Considering the fact that Mr. Sunil Gavaskar was a cricket player of great repute and eminence, a captain of the Indian cricket team for a long period and has a wide experience in cricket related activities and of men and matters, we appoint him, as an interim measure, to function as and exercise
the powers of the President of the BCCI in relation to the IPL, 2014 till we hear and deliver the judgment in these matters. We make it clear that
with regard to all other matters of BCCI, the senior most Vice-President of the BCCI, Mr. Shiv Lal Yadav, will discharge the functions of the President of the
BCCI. 
 
"We also direct that till we deliver the judgment, none of the employees of India Cement Limited or its associate companies (except cricket players or commentators) will perform any of the duties assigned to them by the BCCI and the Interim President, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, will have power to engage the services of such persons on whom he has confidence for work in connection with the IPL 2014," the order said.
 
The court said that it was upto Mr Gavaskar to decide as to whether Mr Sundar Raman, also an employee of India Cement, Should continue as Chief Operating Officer of IPL or not.
 
"In case of any difficulty, Mr. Gavaskar may apply to this Court for appropriate orders," the judges said.
 
They also said that Mr Gavaskar would not work as a commentator during this period as an interim president of the BCCI in relation to IPL matters, and that he would be adequately compensated for the loss of income by the BCCI.
 
The compensation amount would be determined after the court resumes hearing in the matter on April 16.
 
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"We make it clear that we have not passed any order preventing any player or any team from participating in the IPL Tournament 2014," the court added.
 
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday said that Mr Srinivasan should step aside till the IPL probe is over and given it time until yesterday to come up with a proposal in this regard.
 
The BCCI yesterday told the court that Mr Srinivasan was willing to do so and that it was keen that the probe be completed expeditiously so that the whole episode could be put behind and it could move forward.
 
The Supreme Court proposed yesterday that Mr Srinivasan should step down and an eminent cricketer such as Mr Gavaskar be appointed in his place till it gave its final verdict in the IPL case.
 
It had also proposed that CSK and RR should not be part of IPL 7 and that no peson associated with India Cements, the company headed by Mr Srinivasan, should be allowed to function in any capacity in the BCCI.
 
The court had given the BCCI time until today to consider the proposals before it gave its interim order in the matter.
 
In the orders issued today, CSK and RR were allowed to participate in the tournament. 
 
The decision to ask Mr Yadav to handle the duties of the president of BCCI, other than those related to IPL, is in keeping with its rules which require that its head should be a member of the body.
 
Mr Srinivasan is the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements, which owns CSK, one of the eight teams in the tournament.
 
His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a member of the CSK team management, was arrested by the Mumbai Police in May 2013 as part of their probe into alleged spot-fixing and betting in the sixth season of IPL.
 
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also the captain of CSK, is a senior employee of India Cements, as are some others associated with IPL and BCCI.
 
Mr Srinivasan had last year stepped aside as the BCCI chief to facilitate the investigations into the allegations, but was, on September 29, 2013 re-elected to the position.
 
The Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee's report, which was handed over to the Supreme Court on February 10 this year, is understood to have said that the allegations against Mr Meiyappan needed to be probed further.
 
The court had appointed the committee on October 8 last year to investigate the alleged scam.
 
Some players of Rajasthan Royals, including Indian bowler S Sreesanth, had been arrested for their alleged role in the spot-fixing scam.
 
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India bags 4 more golds, slides to 3rd place in medals table

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India bagged up four more gold medals - 3 in boxing and 1 in table tennis - as it raised its tally to 36 golds but dropped to third place in the medals table in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on Wednesday.
India's Sharat Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha after winning the gold medal in the men's doubles in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on October 13, 2010.
India's Sharat Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha after winning the gold medal in the men's doubles in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on October 13, 2010.

Indian boxers Paramjeet Samota, Manoj Kumar and Suranjoy Mayengbam and men's table tennis pair of Sharat Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha picked up gold medals as the hosts raised their tally to 36 gold medals on the penultimate day of the XIX Commonwealth Games here today.

The hosts, however, found themselves pushed to third place in the medals table, with 36 golds, 26 silvers and 34 bronzes.

England pushed past them to the second slot with 37 golds, 56 silvers and 45 bronzes while Australia was unassailable at the top with 72 golds, 50 silvers and 47 bronzes.

The day also brought some shame for the home contingent with athlete Rani Yadav, who had competed in the women's 20 km walk, testing positive for a banned substance during an anti-doping test. She has been suspended from the Games, pending the result of a B sample test in the next 48 hours.

Samota capped India's best-ever showing in boxing at the Commonwealth Games as he outpointed Tariq Abdul Haqq of Trinidad and Tobago 5-1 in the men's heavy weight (91 kg) event in the final bout of competition this evening.

The Indian, who had bagged the bronze at the Asian Championships in Zhuhai, China last year, dominated the bout from the word go. He was leading 3-0 in the first round and increased it to 5-0 by the ed of the second, finishing with a 5-1 decision.

Before him, Manoj Kumar upset the more experienced Bradley Saunders of England in the light welterweight (64 kg) category 11-2. Saunders is a European Championships gold medallist.

Kumar, 24, worked up a 4-1 lead after the first round and widened it further to 8-1 going into the last round.

Earlier, Suranjoy won his flyweight (52kg) bout by walkover when Benson Njangiru of Kenya pulled out with a wrist injury.

India ended the competition with three gold and four bronze medals. Northern Ireland won three gold and England two, while Scotland and Sri Lanka took one each. This was India's best showing in boxing in the Commonwealth Games. They had won one gold each in 2002 and 2006.

Top-seeded Achanta and Saha sent the crowd at the packed Yamuna Sports Complex into raptures as they beat second-seeded Gao Ning and Yang Zi of Singapore 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8 in the final of the men's doubles event in table tennis.

The Singapore dictated the pace in the early stages and wrapped up the first set 11-9. But the crowd egged the local pair on and Achanta and Saha played brilliantly to take the next two sets 12-10 and 11-4. Gao and Yang took the match into a fifth set by winning the fourth 11-5 before Achanta and Saha settled the issue by winning the next set 11-8.

This is the first time that India has won the gold medal in the men's doubles in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games.

"In 2006 we went out of competition as underdogs. No one recognised us in the men's doubles competition in 2006. I was full of pride, so happy that I was finally able to do it. The government and our country has helped us a lot and the best way we can repay them is with a win today. Our aim was that our flag should fly high and we accomplished it," he said.

About his loss in the men's singles semi-finals to Yang earlier in the day, he said, "I lost the match today with close points. The competition was really tough. I wasn't able to forget my defeat today. It was really a hard phase today. I had just three hours to get rid of the thought that I was defeated today."

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India grab 6 more golds to take Games tally to 20, stay in 2nd place

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India won 6 more golds - 3 in shooting, 2 in wrestling and 1 in archery - to take its tally to 20 and retain the second slot in the medals table at the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi on Friday,

India's Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Bombayala Devi after winning the gold medal in archery in the women;s team recurve event at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 8, 2010.
India's Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Bombayala Devi after winning the gold medal in archery in the women;s team recurve event at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 8, 2010.

India won six more golds - three in shooting, two in wrestling and one in archery - to take its tally to 20 and retain the second slot in the medals table on the fifth day of competitions in the XIX Commonwealth Games here today.


The hosts have so far managed 20 golds, 16 silvers and 12 bronzes. Australia are at the top of the table with 47 golds, 24 silvers and 27 bronzes, while England remained in the third place with 19 golds, 37 silvers and 20 bronzes.


The day started on a happy note for India with the trio of Deepika Kumari, Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi Laishram coming from behind to stun England 207-206 and taking the top slot in the Women's Team Recurve event in archery.


A little later, ace shooters Gagan Narang and Imran Hasan Khan won the gold in the Pairs 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event.


Their compatriot Vijay Kumar, 25, set a new Games Final Record to win gold, notching up 787.5 points in the Singles 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men event. He had earlier broken his own Games Qualification Record with a score of 583 points.


Alka Tomar defeated Tonya Verbeek of Canada in the 59 kg Women's Freestyle wrestling event at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.


She was followed by Anita, who beat Megan Buydens of Canada in the final of the 67 kg Women's Freestyle to take the gold.


"I've been through two months of hard training. After this win I'm more confident for future events like that," she said later.


India got their sixth gold medal of the day when shooter Omkar Singh won the Singles 10m Air Pistol Men with a score of 681.8. Bin Gai of Singapore took the silver with 676.2 while Daniel Repacholi of Australia got the bronze with 674.


Omkar Singh had picked up the gold in the company of Gurpreet Singh in the Men's 10m Air Pistol Pairs, notching up 1163 points for a new Games record. On Wednesday, he had won the Men's 50m Pistol Singles and taken the silver in the Men's 50m Pistol Pairs with Deepak Sharma on Tuesday.


Ashish Kumar, who won a bronze in the Men's Floor Exercise yesterday to earn for India its first ever medal in Gymnastics in the Commonwealth Games, won the silver in the men's vault today.


"I am disappointed at not getting the gold medal, but at least I have the experience of competing at this level. My first vault was the highest, but on the second I lost it," he said later.


Gymnast Ashish Kumar
Gymnast Ashish Kumar

The gold went to England's Luke Fowell, who had a score of 15.762 points. Kumar scored 16.150 points on his first attempt but then got a disappointing 14.475 on his second vault for an overall tally of 15.312. Ian Galvan of Canada got the bronze with a score of 15.037.


India had never won a medal in gymnastics before yesterday at the Olympics, World Championships or the Commonwealth Games.


Gurpreet Singh, who had won two golds yesterday in the Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Pairs and 10m Air Pistol Pairs, won the bronze in the event. Malaysia's Hasli Izwan Amir Hassan took the silver with a score of 760.3.


Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh grabbed silver in the Men's Trap Pairs event in shooting with a score of 197. The gold went to Australian pair Michael Diamond and Adam Vella, who notched up 198 for a new Games record.


In tennis, India were assured of a gold or silver in both the men's and women's singles with top seed Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza winning their semi-final matches today.


Devvarman beat Australia's Matt Ebden 6-3, 6-1 and will meet Greg Jones, also of Austrlia, in the final on Sunday.


Mirza dropped a set but then staged a strong comeback in front of a partisan home crowd on Central Court to prevail 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Olivia Rogowska of Australia. She will meet the winner of the other semi-final between two Australians, Anastasia Rodionova and Sally Peers.


"That was a fantastic win. My heart is beating really fast. It hasn't sunk in," Mirza said after the match.


"I'm happy with the way I fought because in the match I didn't play that well. I knew I just needed to fight and come up with something different. I just had to hang in there," she said.


There was disappointment for the home crowds in the men's doubles with Rohan Bopanna and Devvarman going down 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 to Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski of England and Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes losing 2-6, 2-6 to Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak of Australia in the semi-finals.


India's Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai won the bronze in the Men's Team Recurve in archery today, beating England for the third position.


In wrestling, Babita Kumari of India had to settle for silver in the women's freestyle 51 kg event after losing the final to Ifeoma Christi Nwoye of Nigeria in the final.


The Indian women's hockey team drubbed Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 after losing 1-2 to Australia yesterday.


In boxing, Jai Bhagwan thrashed Nasser Mafuru of Tanzania 11-2 in the lightweight (60 kg) and Dilbag Singh beat Aaron Prince of Trinidad and Tobago 11-3 in the welterweight (69 kg).


India lost to New Zealand in the women's pairs of the lawn bowls competition and found themselves pushed to fifth place and unlikely to make the play-offs.


In squash, Anwesha Reddy of India beat Zephanie Curgenven of Guernsey 11-5, 11-5 5-11, 6-11, 11-6 in the women's singles Consolation Plate Final at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.


Shooters Gagan Narang and Imran Hasan Khan of India after winning the gold medal in the Pairs 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 8, 2010.
Shooters Gagan Narang and Imran Hasan Khan of India after winning the gold medal in the Pairs 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event at the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 8, 2010.

For shooter Narang, it was his third gold medal of the meet so far and the second in the pairs. He had earlier won the men's 10m Air Rifle Pairs event along with Abhinav Bindra and then in the 10m Air Rifle Men's Singles event.


In the process, Narang became the fifth person to win seven gold medals in shooting in the Commonwealth Games. He is the first male athlete to win three gold medals at the current edition of the Games in Delhi.


Narang and Khan finished with a tally of 2325, a Games record, to beat James Huckle and Kenny Parr of England, who had a total of 2308 in the finals at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting range.


At the Yamuna Sports Complex, the England women archers had maintained a slender lead for most of the tie today but found themselves in a position where they needed to score 15 points with just two arrows left to overtake the Indians.


Amy Oliver managed only six with her last shot and Alison Williamson needed a 10 off her final arrow but hit an eight to hand the Indian team the gold.


India's compound archers had won a silver in the men's and a bronze in the women's team events yesterday.


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India grabs 5 golds to climb to 2nd spot in medals tally at Commonwealth Games

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India grabbed five gold medals to climb to the second spot in the medals tally behind Australia at the end of the second day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on Tuesday.
Shooters Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang after winning the first gold for India at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on October 5, 2010.
Shooters Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang after winning the first gold for India at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on October 5, 2010.

India grabbed five gold medals -- with two pairs of shooters hitting the bull's eye and wrestlers snatching all three titles at stake -- to climb to the second spot in the medals tally behind Australia at the end of the second day of competitions in the XIX Commonwealth Games here today.

The hosts started the day on a bright note as Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and world record holder Gagan Narang won the first gold of the Games for them in the men's 10 m Air Rifle Pairs at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

They shot a total of 1,193 out of a maximum 1,200 points to snatch victory. Bindra scored 595 while Narang scored 598.

Shortly afterwards, Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed set a Games record of 1,156 points to win gold in the women's 25 m Pistol Pairs.

The action then shifted to the wrestling arena at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, where in the men's Greco-Roman style, Ravinder Singh, Sanjay and Anil Kumar snatched gold in their respective categories.

Ravinder beat England's Christopher Terence Bosson 7-2 in the 60 kg category after which Sanjay prevailed over Brian Richard Addinall 2-0 in the 74 kg category. Anil Kumar brought more cheers for the home team by outperforming Hassene Fkiri of Australia 6-0 in the final of the 96 kg category.

India's medals haul today also included two silvers won by Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh in the men's 50 m pistol pairs event and Tejaswini Sawant and Lajjakumari Gauswami in the 50 m rifle 3 position.

India's tally now stands at 5 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes. India's women lifters Sonia Chanu and Sandhya Rani Devi gave India their first two medals - a silver and a bronze in the 48 kg class yesterday, followed by a silver and bronze by their male counterparts Sukhen Dey and V Srinivasa Rao in the 56 kg class.

In shooting, Sarnotbat achieved an average of 9.733 points while Sayeed averaged 9.533 in the session. For India, it was the second successive gold in this event, having won in the Melbourne Games in 2006, too.

Australia's Linda Ryan and Lalita Yauhleuskaya bagged silver with 1,146 points while Gorgs Geikie and Julia Lydall of England took the bronze with 1,122 points.

Onkar Singh and Deepak Sharma won a silver for India in the 50 m Air Pistol Pair event.

In the men's 10 m Air Rifle Pairs event, James Huckle and Kenny Parr of England took the silver with 1,174 points while Hel Abdullah Baki and Asif Hossain Khan of Bangladesh got the bronze with 1,173 points.

With today's victory, Bindra completed a treble in the event, having won golds earlier at the Manchester Commonealth Games in 2002 and at Melbourne in 2006. It was his fourth gold medal in shooting in the Games.

For Narang, it was his fifth gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, having won gold in the last three editions.

Bindra and Narang today broke their own Games record of 1,189 set in Melbourne four years ago.

India's badminton star Saina Nehwal in action against Mariama Ayanna Eastmond of Barbados in the team event at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on October 5, 2010.
India's badminton star Saina Nehwal in action against Mariama Ayanna Eastmond of Barbados in the team event at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on October 5, 2010.

Narang notched a sequence of 99, 100, 100, 99, 100, 100 while Bindra ended up with a series of 100, 98, 99, 100, 99, 99

In tennis, top seed Somdev Devvarman of India won 6-4, 6-2 in his opening match against Devin Mullings of the Bahamas but he looked ill at ease. "I was a little nervous. I did well to come back," he told reporters latr.

"Playing in India is a special feeling. It doesn't matter what seed you are. When you're playing something as big as this, it's a lot more special. You win for your country, then yourself," he added.

In the men's doubles, top seeded Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi of India cruised into the last eight with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Thangarajah Dineshkanthan and Amresh Jayawickreme in the first round.

In the women's doubles, Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Aminath Irufa Mahir and Aminath Maleela Solih of the Maldives.

In archery, top seed Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar of India reached the last eight in the men's recurve as did Deepika Kumari and Dola Banerjee in the women's event.

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Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of WC, Pant to replace opener

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India's Shikhar Dhawan in action during the 14th match of 2019 World Cup between India and Australia at Kennington Oval in London on June 9, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's Shikhar Dhawan in action during the 14th match of 2019 World Cup between India and Australia at Kennington Oval in London on June 9, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the 2019 edition of the World Cup as he is not in a position to recover in time for the remaining games of the showpiece event. 
 
While IANS had broken the news, team manager Sunil Subramaniam addressed the media in Southampton on Wednesday and confirmed the same.
 
"Shikhar has a fracture on the left hand, following several opinions he will remain in cast until July 2019. We have requested ICC for Rishabh pant as a replacement," he said.
 
IANS learnt that Dhawan visited a specialist on Wednesday morning before the call to bring in Pant as replacement was taken.
 
Explaining the nature of fracture, BCCI tweeted: "Dhawan has been diagnosed with a fracture of the first metacarpal on his left hand following a ball impact injury during the team's first match versus Australia at the Oval on 5th June 2019."
 
Earlier, India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had said that the team management did not want to rule out Dhawan and wanted to observe his progress.
 
"We will take at least 10-12 days to take a call on Shikhar's condition. We don't want to rule out a precious player like him," Bangar had told the media on the eve of India's third World Cup clash against New Zealand.
 
Speaking after the India-New Zealand game was washed out, skipper Virat Kohli had revealed the reason behind keeping Dhawan under observation.
 
"Hopefully, the injury heals quickly and he (Dhawan) will be available for the latter half of our league games and semi-finals for sure. From that point of view, we want to hold him back, keep him here. He wants to play. I think that kind of mindset will help in healing the injury. Dhawan is going to be in a plaster for a couple of weeks. After that we will assess where he stands," Kohli had said.
 
Dhawan suffered the injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia. While the X-ray didn't show any fracture, CT scan revealed otherwise and Dhawan was taken to a specialist for further assessment.
 
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England, Morgan break records to flatten Afghanistan

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England skipper Eoin Morgan celebrates his century during the 24th match of 2019 World Cup between England and Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 18, 2019. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC)
England skipper Eoin Morgan celebrates his century during the 24th match of 2019 World Cup between England and Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 18, 2019. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC)
England and their captain Eoin Morgan re-wrote record books in a scintillating batting display to flatten Afghanistan by 150 runs in a World Cup clash here on Tuesday and to zoom to the top of the points table.
 
Morgan hit 17 sixes in his knock of 148 off 71 balls, the most in an ODI, as pre-tournament favourites England racked up the highest total of 397/6 in this World Cup so far, batting first.
 
Afghanistan gave a good account of themselves but were never really in the chase, ending up at 247/8 in 50 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scored for the bottom-placed team, who are yet to win a game, with a gritty 76 off 100 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes as Asghar Afghan, who was dropped by Jonny Bairstow on 28, made 44 off 48 balls (3x4, 2x6) while Rahmat Shah also scored 46 off 74 balls (3x4, 1x6).
 
Hashmatullah and Afghan shared a 94-run fourth wicket partnership.
 
For the rampaging hosts, who are now on eight points from five games, Jofra Archer (3/52) and Adil Rashid (3/66) returned the best figures.
 
But it was Morgan's show as he smashed an eye-watering amount of maximums to surpass the record of 16 jointly-held by India's Rohit Sharma, South Africa's A.B. de Villiers and the West Indies' Chris Gayle. Seven of those came off Rashid Khan, who had never given up more than two sixes in an ODI before, and Morgan brought up the record with a trademark straight drive that just reached the boundary rope.
 
Rashid ended with figures of 0/110 in 9 overs, making it the most expensive spell in World Cup history and the joint second most expensive figures in ODIs overall. 
 
Morgan also notched up the fourth fastest hundred ever in a World Cup match. He went past 200 sixes in ODIs and raced away to his 13th ODI hundred and his first in a World Cup. 
 
The team also finished with 25 sixes, the most by a team in an ODI innings, breaking the record registered by them in the game against West Indies in February this year.
 
Afghanistan bowlers were smashed to all corners of Old Trafford as Morgan hit four fours in his breathtaking knock. The 32-year-old's century came off just 57 balls, thus making it the fastest in this edition of the tournament.
 
The total may have fallen three runs short of the fifth 400-plus total accrued at a World Cup but 397 was still England's highest score in the history the tournament.
 
An embattled Afghanistan came into the game at the bottom of the table, having lost all four matches they have played thus far and their net run rate standing at -1.638. 
 
As England began batting, Jonny Bairstow was accompanied by James Vince at the top of the order with Jason Roy sitting out with a hamstring tear.
 
The opening partnership was on 44 when Vince fell to Dawlat Zadran. However, Joe Root came in and consolidated the innings with Bairstow. England's second-wicket pair added 120 runs, but Bairstow missed out on a ton by 10 runs when he chipped a delivery straight back into the hands of Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib. 
 
That was the last ball of the 30th over and the score was 164/2. But Afghanistan's joy was short-lived as Morgan walked into the middle.
 
Taking strike, he didn't take long to start decimating the Afghan bowling attack. Morgan took 35 balls to reach his first 50 but the transition to the second took just 22 deliveries.
 
Morgan's partnership with Root ballooned to 189 off 102 deliveries before it was broken when the latter fell to Gulbadin in the 47th over.
 
The Afghanistan skipper also dismissed Morgan two balls later, but that was only after his opposite number had hit 19 runs off the over. The score was 359/4 at the time of Morgan's dismissal and with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at the crease, there was little relief for Afghanistan.
 
Buttler, however, fell after making just two runs off as many balls, holing out at mid-off off a slower delivery from Zadran.
 
Rashid Khan, who had given away a whopping 96 runs for no wickets in the eight overs that he bowled, was brought in to bowl the 49th.
 
He conceded 14 runs in that over, thus taking his tally to 110. Zadran bowled the last over and dismissed Stokes off his first ball, but Moeen Ali then hit 19 runs off it, thus taking England within three runs of the 400-run mark.
 
Brief scores: England: 397/6 in 50 overs (Eoin Morgan 148, Jonny Bairstow 90) vs Afghanistan 247/8 in 50 overs (Hashmatullah Shahidi 76, Rahmat Shah 46, Asghar Afghan 44; Jofra Archer 3/52, Adil Rashid 3/66)
 
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Captain Morgan leads carnage as England post record 397/6

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England skipper Eoin Morgan celebrates his century during the 24th match of 2019 World Cup between England and Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 18, 2019. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC)
England skipper Eoin Morgan celebrates his century during the 24th match of 2019 World Cup between England and Afghanistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 18, 2019. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC)
Afghanistan bowlers were smashed to all corners of Old Trafford as England captain Eoin Morgan's whirlwind innings of 148 helped his side post a mammoth 397/6 in their World Cup clash on Tuesday. Morgan's knock came off just 71 deliveries as he hit four fours and a record 17 sixes. 
 
The 32-year-old's century came off just 57 balls, thus making it the fourth fastest World Cup ton of all time and the fastest in this edition of the tournament.
 
Afghanistan's star spinner Rashid Khan bore the worst of England's onslaught. He ended with figures of 0/110 in 9 overs, making it the most expensive spell in World Cup history and the joint second most expensive figures in ODIs overall. 
 
An embattled Afghanistan came into the game bottom of the table, having lost all four matches they have played thus far and their net run rate standing at -1.638. England won the toss and chose to bat first. Jonny Bairstow was accompanied by James Vince at the top of the order with Jason Roy sitting out with a hamstring tear. 
 
The opening partnership was on 44 when Vince fell to Dawlat Zadran. However, Joe Root came in and consolidated with Bairstow. England's second-wicket pair added 120 runs, but Bairstow missed out on a ton by 10 runs when he chipped a delivery straight back into the hands of Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib. That was the last ball of the 30th over and the score was 164/2. But Afghanistan's joy was shortlived as Morgan walked into the middle. 
 
Taking strike, he didn't take long to start decimating the Afghan bowling attack. Morgan took 35 balls to reach his first 50 and the transition to the second took just 22 deliveries. 
 
Morgan hit 17 sixes in his innings, thus breaking the record for most maximums hit in an ODI innings which was previously held jointly by Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers. His partnership with Root ballooned to 189 off 102 deliveries before it was broken when the latter fell to Gulbadin in the 47th over. 
 
The Afghanistan skipper also dismissed Morgan two balls later, but that was only after his opposite number had hit 19 runs off the over. The score was 359/4 at the time of Morgan's dismissal and with Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at the crease, there was little relief for Afghanistan. 
 
Buttler however fell after making just two runs off as many balls, holing out at mid-off off a slower delivery from Dawlat Zadran. 
 
Rashid Khan, who had given away a whopping 96 runs for no wickets in the eight overs that he bowled, was brought in to bowl the 49th. He conceded 14 runs in that over, thus taking his tally to 110. Zadran bowled the last over and dismissed Stokes off his first ball, but Moeen Ali then hit 19 runs off it, thus taking England within three runs of the 400-run mark. 
 
Brief scores: England: 397/6 in 50 overs (Eoin Morgan 148, Jonny Bairstow 90) vs Afghanistan
 
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FIH Women' Series Finals: India to take on Fiji

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The Indian women's hockey team, which started their campaign at the FIH Women's Series Finals with two impressive victories against Uruguay and Poland in their opening two matches of the tournament, will now be playing Fiji in their last Pool A encounter on Tuesday.
 
India, ranked ninth in the FIH rankings, are also the top-ranked team taking part in the tournament, and will look to secure their berth directly into the semi-finals of the competition with a victory against Fiji at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium.
 
Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne is satisfied with his team's performances in the first two matches against Uruguay and Poland respectively, but believes that there is still room for improvement. 
 
"There is no doubt that the team has played well in the first couple of matches, but we want to be performing at the highest level possible, and I believe that there is still room for improvement. Our conversion rate can definitely be higher and if that happens, it will be easier for us to win the matches," said Marijne.
 
"What has impressed me in the first two matches has been the fact that we have created good field opportunities, and have also been able to earn more penalty corners. The team is enjoying themselves on the pitch, and that is good to see as a coach that your players are enjoying each other's company," he added.
 
The 45-year-old Dutchman also feels that his team is now combining well. "The most important aspect for me is to see how the players enjoy playing together, and how they combine on and off the field. When you keep trying to combine on the field, it results in everybody getting an opportunity to play and perform as well," he said. 
 
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Shakib, Liton star as Bangladesh chase down 321 against Windies

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Shakib Al Hasan underlined his class with a magnificent unbeaten hundred, his second on the bounce, as Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets to register their second victory in the World Cup here on Monday.
 
Shakib, who remained not out on 124 off 99 deliveries (4x16), was brilliantly supported by Liton Das (94 not out; 69 balls, 4x8, 6x4) as Bangladesh handsomely chased down 321 with as many as 51 balls and seven wickets to spare.
 
Shakib brought up his ninth ODI ton off just 83 balls with a delectable boundary through the cover off Oshane Thomas while Liton raced to his third fifty in 50-over cricket off 43 balls.
 
The pair added 189 runs for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh were reduced to 133/3 at one stage. Liton smashed a hat-trick of sixes as Shakib hit a four off Shannon Gabriel who leaked 24 runs in the 38th over, making it the most expensive over of this World Cup so far.
 
Shakib, who struck 121 against England in a losing cause, also became the highest run-getter in the tournament so far. The stylish left-hander, who also grabbed two wickets for 54 runs, played the short ball exceptionally well, pulling and cutting mostly behind the point region to perfection.
 
Shakib was fortunate not to be caught on two occasions in successive overs. In the 22nd over, just after completing his fifty off 40 deliveries, Shakib scooped Sheldon Cottrell into the air only for the ball to land just in front of Shimron Hetymer who was steaming in from deep backward square-leg.
 
In the next over, Russell could have got his wicket but a miscommunication between two fielders saw the ball land between wicketkeeper Shai Hope, who was running backwards, and Shannon Gabriel, who was charging in from fine-leg.
 
Chasing 322 for victory, Tamim Iqbal (48) and Soumya Sarkar (29) gave Bangladesh a good start before being removed in quick succession. Mushfiqur Rahim (1) had an off day but once Shakib and Liton joined hands, there was no looking back.
 
 
Shakib smashes century as Bangladesh sink West Indies
Earlier, Hope missed out on a hundred as the West Indies failed to capitalise on a good start to post 321/8 in 50 overs. Hope scored 96 off 121 balls with the help of four fours and one six before holing out to Liton at deep backward square-leg off Mustafizur Rahman, who returned best figures of 3/59 in nine overs. 
 
Mohammad Saifuddin (3/72) also picked up three wickets while Shakib scalped two. West Indies, who were 243/5 at the end of 40 overs, could not get going in the last 10 overs as Mustafizur bowled a probing line and also got the wickets of Hetymer (50; 26 balls, 4x4 6x3), Andre Russell (0) and Hope to dent the Windies' surge.
 
Besides Hope, opener Evin Lewis scored 70 off 67 balls (4x6, 6x2) while Jason Holder (33; 15 balls, 4x4, 6x2) chipped in with an useful cameo after West Indies lost Chris Gayle for a duck early in the innings. 
 
Lewis and Hope added 116 runs for the second wicket.
 
Brief scores: West Indies: 321/8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 96, Evin Lewis 70, Shimron Hetmyer 50; Mustafizur Rahman 3/59, Mohammad Saifuddin 3/72) lost to Bangladesh: 322/3 in 41.3 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 124 not out, Liton Das 94 not out) by seven wickets
 
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Windies ride Hope show to post 321/8 against Bangaldesh

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Shai Hope missed out on a hundred as West Indies failed to capitalise further on their good start to post 321/8 in 50 overs against Bangladesh in their World Cup clash on Monday. Hope scored 96 off 121 balls with the help of four fours and one six as he anchored the Windies' batting. But the highly-rated 25-year old holed out to Liton Das at deep backward square off Mustafizur Rahman who returned best figures of 3/59 in nine overs.
 
Mohammad Saifuddin (3/72) also nabbed three wickets while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets.
 
Windies, who were 243/5 at the end of 40 overs, could not get going in the last 10 as Mustafizur bowled a probing line and also got the wickets of Shimron Hetymer (50 off 26b; 4x4 3x6), Andre Russell (0) and Hope to dent Windies' surge.
 
Besides Hope, opener Evin Lewis scored 70 off 67 balls (6x4 2x6) while Jason Holder (33 off 15b; 4x4, 2x6) and Darren Bravo (19 off 15b; 2x6) played cameos.
 
The Windies lost Chris Gayle early, the veteran opener getting caught behind trying to poke at a Saifuddin away-going delivery. Gayle could not get off the mark after 13 balls, going for a duck for the second time in four matches against Bangladesh in the World Cup.
 
Lewis and Hope then joined hands for a 116-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a good total. In dire need of a wicket, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza gave the ball to Shakib and the star all-rounder did not disappoint, removing Lewis who was caught at long-off by substitute Sabbir Rahman.
 
Shakib also got rid of Nicholas Pooran (25) who picked out Soumya Sarkar at long-on. It was a Hetymer show then for a brief period, as the hard-hitting batsman smashed the Bangla bowlers all around the park and took advantage of the small boundaries.
 
Along with Hope, Hetymer shared an 83-run partnership for the fourth wicket and completed his fifty in just 25 balls. But the 22-year old fell just after completing his third ODI fifty with Tamim Iqbal running in from deep mid-wicket to take a brilliant catch at full stretch in front of him off Mustafizur.
 
Andre Russell (0) lasted just two balls before getting caught behind to give Mustafizur his second wicket in the same 40th over. Hope, trying to up the ante, also got out to then leave Bravo to do all the hitting in the last few overs. He was clean-bowled by Saifuddin in the last ball of the innings but managed to hit two sixes.
 
Brief scores: West Indies: 321/8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 96, Evin Lewis 70, Shimron Hetmyer 50; Mustafizur Rahman 3/59, Mohammad Saifuddin 3/72)
 
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Bhuvneshwar out for next 2-3 games, confirms Kohli

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Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who suffered a hamstring injury against Pakistan, will be sidelined for a maximum of three games in the ongoing World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli has confirmed.
 
Kumar injured his hamstring while bowling the fourth ball of his second over and had to walk off the field during Pakistan's chase of 337 on Sunday. Upon leaving the field, he was examined by team physio Patrick Farhart and a decision was taken to keep him off the field, with Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya combining to fill for him.
 
"Bhuvi's case looks like a niggle, a case of slipping on the footmarks. It doesn't look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, maximum of three games," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) at the Old Trafford.
 
The Indian skipper added that they will include Mohammad Shami who is raring to go. 
 
"He is going to be an important factor for us so hopefully he can recover in time. But we have Shami with us and it shouldn't be much of a worry for us. Even Bhuvi doesn't think his niggle is too bad and that time would heal it," he added.
 
The injury to Bhuvneshwar comes after India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to a hairline fracture because of which he has also been sidelined for a few games. 
 
Meanwhile, Kohli praised Rohit Sharma, who scored a brilliant 140 and helped India post 336/5 in their full quota of 50 overs. "Rohit's knock was outstanding today. He again showed today why he is such a good ODI player."
 
He was also full of praise for left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up two wickets of set Pakistani batters Babar Azam (48) and Fakhar Zaman (62) and confirmed India's seventh victory over Pakistan in World Cups. 
 
"Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant. Those guys were only trying to play him out. A longer spell helped in that situation and he was getting into rhythm. They were thinking that he would go out of the attack sooner rather than later," said Kohli. 
 
"That ball to dismiss Babar was just outstanding with the drift, the turn and just beating the batsman batting so well. This is the best he has been bowling since coming to England and, him confident with Chahal, is going to be an important factor for us in the tournament," he added.
 
Asked why India-Pakistan games have not lived up to hype in the recent times, the Indian skipper said, "I think they outplayed us in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. But if you focus on this game as too emotional, things can go wrong. We never approach them (the India-Pakistan game) from that perspective. We are professional about it and the result is what that matters."
 
India, standing pretty at the third spot with seven points from four games, will next face Afghanistan on June 22 in Southampton. 
 
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India romp to 89 run win over Pakistan in WC clash

India on Sunday beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in their rain-interrupted 2019 ICC World Cup clash at Manchester's Old Trafford stadium.
India's Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the 22nd match of 2019 World Cup between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 16, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the 22nd match of 2019 World Cup between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 16, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India on Sunday beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in their rain-interrupted 2019 ICC World Cup clash at Manchester's Old Trafford stadium.
 
Put in to bat first after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss, India, powered by Rohit Sharma's 140 (113), set a target of 337. 
 
Pakistan, in reply, reached 166/6 in 35 overs before rain caused a temporary halt to the proceedings. On resumption, their revised target was 302 and they had to chase it down in 40 overs. Only managing to reach 212/6, they fell to their third defeat of the tournament. 
 
Pakistan were dealt an early blow in the chase when Vijay Shankar dismissed Imam-ul-Haq off his very first ball of the match. Brought on to finish the fifth over after Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled up with a hamstring injury after bowling the fourth ball, Shankar sent in a full delivery that swung back into the left-handed Imam and hit his pads. Imam decided not to review the decision and Pakistan lost their first wicket inside the first five overs. 
 
Shankar is the third bowler to have taken a wicket off his very first ball in the World Cup. 
 
However, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam temporarily steadied the ship for Pakistan with a 104-run stand for the second wicket. The pair struggled for runs early on but soon found their rhythm and pegged back the Indian pacers. The breakthrough eventually came only after Virat Kohli introduced the spinners. 
 
Kuldeep Yadav, bowling the 24th over, disturbed the stumps behind Babar with a tossed-up delivery that drifted away from the 24-year-old. 
 
In his next over, he got Zaman and it was all downhill for Pakistan from there. 
 
Hardik Pandya came in then and dismissed veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik off consecutive balls in the 27th over. Sarfraz Ahmed then became Shankar's second wicket of the day and Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan were in the middle when rain brought a stop to the proceedings. 
 
With the target revised down to 302 - but in 40 overs, Pakistan now needed to score 136 runs off the last five overs. Imad and Shadab managed to take them to 212/6.
 
Rohit Sharma led the charge for India with the bat. The Indian vice-captain hit his second century of the tournament and shared a 136-run opening stand with K. L. Rahul. Rahul, batting at the top of the order in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, scored 57 off 78 deliveries before falling to Wahab Riaz. 
 
Rohit was then ably given company by captain Virat Kohli and the pair added 98 for the second wicket. Rohit eventually fell to a loose shot off Wahab after which Kohli anchored the latter end of the innings. He was eventually dismissed when he seemingly got a faint edge to the keeper off Mohammad Amir. Although Kohli walked, umpire Marais Erasmus never raised the finger and replays showed that there was a significant gap between the bat and ball. 
 
Kedar Jadhav and Shankar pushed India's total to 336. 
 
This is India's third win of the tournament and they jump to third on the table, behind second-placed New Zealand on the basis of net run rate. Pakistan, who sink to the ninth place, now need to win all of their remaining matches to make it to the knockouts. 
 
Brief scores: India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77; Mohammad Amir 3/47)
Pakistan: 212/6 in 40 overs (Fakhar Zaman 62, Babar Azam 48; Vijay Shankar 2/22)
 
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Bhuvneshwar out of Pakistan match with hamstring injury

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar won't be able to take further part in India's World Cup tie against Pakistan. Kumar injured his hamstring while bowling the fourth ball of the fifth over and had to walk off the field, here on Sunday.
 
Vijay Shankar finished the over, even picking the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq off the very first ball he bowled. Shankar continued bowling, first alternating with Jasprit Bumrah and then Hardik Pandya as Kohli kept motioning to the dressing room for an update on Kumar. 
 
Eventually, the on-air commentators said after the 10th over of the Pakistan innings that Kumar won't be taking further part in the match. He had bowled two overs and four balls in the match, conceding 8 runs. 
 
Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored 140 off 113 balls as India posted 336/5 in 50 overs after put in to bat. Captain Virat Kohli also chipped in with a quickfire 77, while K. L. Rahul scored 57, sharing a 136-run opening stand with Rohit. 
 
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Rohit, Kohli steal show as India post 336/5 against Pakistan

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India's Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the 22nd match of 2019 World Cup between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 16, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the 22nd match of 2019 World Cup between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on June 16, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's captain and vice-captain ran the show in their much-awaited World Cup clash against Pakistan here on Sunday. While Rohit Sharma smashed a masterful 140 off 113 balls (4x14, 6x3), skipper Virat Kohli hit a 65-ball 77 (4x7) as India scored 336/5 in the allotted 50 overs.
 
Put in to bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, K. L. Rahul walked out with Rohit to open the innings for India. Rahul quelled any doubts as to whether he can fill injured Shikhar Dhawan's shoes at the top of the order by holding up one end as he and Rohit gave India a perfect start. 
 
The openers put up 136 runs with Rohit doing the bulk of the scoring. Both players crossed their half-centuries and it was the fourth instance of an Indian pair recording a century stand against Pakistan in a World Cup. 
 
Pakistan finally got the breakthrough in the form of Rahul. Bowling the 24th over, Wahab Riaz changed his angle to round the wicket after he got a warning from umpire Marais Erasmis for running into the protected area of the pitch in his follow through. He sent in a full delivery and Rahul was early to his drive. He ended up hitting it straight to Babar Azam at cover after having made 57 off 78 deliveries (3x4, 2x6).
 
But Pakistan were never let off the hook throughout the Indian innings. Kohli replaced Rahul and played second fiddle as Rohit continued the onslaught. The pair also put pressure on the Pakistan fielders with swift running between the wickets and soon Rohit notched up his 23rd ODI century. 
 
Rohit raced to the three-figure mark in just 85 balls after which he upped the ante. The pair continued to pick singles and twos as Rohit attacked spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. 
 
The Indian vice-captain's dismissal, however, came completely against the run of play with Rohit looking set to cross 150 and even get to a fourth ODI double hundred. In the 39th over, Rohit looked to scoop Hasan Ali over short fine leg, only to find Wahab Riaz placed at that particular position. The dismissal ended a 98-run second wicket stand between Rohit and Kohli. 
 
Pakistan picked up wickets more frequently after that but could not manage to dismiss Kohli. The Indian captain soldiered on and soon crossed 11,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone. 
 
Hardik Pandya came in at number four and tried to accelerate the Indian innings. He was successful to a certain extent, putting up 51 runs with Kohli before falling to Mohammad Amir by holing out at long-on for 26 (24 balls; 2x4, 1x6).
 
Amir then dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for just one in the 46th over as Vijay Shankar, playing in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, joined Kohli in the middle. Shankar was given out off Wahab after seemingly edging one to the wicketkeeper, but he successfully reviewed the decision. 
 
There was a temporary halt in the proceedings after that with the rain coming down, as was the forecast on the eve of the match. But the rains did not last long and the teams were back in the middle without any over being deducted.
 
After resumption in the 48th over, Amir banged one short as Kohli looked to pull the delivery. He only got what looked like a faint edge and Sarfraz made no mistake behind the stumps. Interestingly, it was Kohli who walked while the umpire never raised his finger. Replays indicated there was a gap between bat and ball. 
 
After the skipper's dismissal, Shankar and Kedar Jadhav added 22 runs to take India to 336/5 at the end of 50 overs. 
 
Brief scores: India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77; Mohammad Amir 3/47) against Pakistan
 
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Kohli becomes fastest batsman to score 11,000 ODI runs

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India skipper Virat Kohli rose to the challenge on Sunday against Pakistan and added another feather to his cap by becoming the fastest player in the history of the game to cross the 11,000-run mark in ODIs.
 
Kohli achieved the feat in 222 innings, going past Sachin Tendulkar who took 276 knocks to go past the 11,000-run mark. Ricky Ponting reached the milestone in 286 innings, while Sourav Ganguly took 288 innings to achieve the feat. 
 
Kohli also became only the third Indian after Tendulkar and Ganguly and ninth cricketer overall to get to 11,000 ODI runs .
 
Kohli already holds the record for being the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs. 
 
Kohli missed out on an opportunity in India's third group stage match against New Zealand in Nottingham which was called off due to rain without a single ball being bowled.
 
On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 51st ODI half-century off 51 balls, his second fifty on the trot. 
 
When rain stopped with India on 305/4 after 46.4 overs, the India captain was unbeaten on 71 off 62 deliveries (4x6).
 
Kohli first played second fiddle to Rohit Sharma (140) before changing gears as Hardik Pandya (26) struggled to find the middle of the bat. 
 
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Rohit smashes ton, breaks 23-year-old record with Rahul

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India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma struck his 24th ODI hundred as India was placed in a comfortable position against Pakistan in their heavyweight World Cup clash on Sunday.
 
Rohit looked in sublime touch from the word go and brought up his third century in World Cups in vintage fashion. He got to his 100 in 85 balls, hitting nine fours and three sixes.
 
K. L. Rahul gave him good company at the other end before being dismissed. The pair, opening together for the first time, broke a 23-year-old record set by Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu for the highest opening partnership in a World Cup match against Pakistan.
 
Tendulkar and Sidhu had shared a 90-run stand for the opening wicket in the 1996 World Cup in Bengaluru. India went on to post 287 before winning the match by 37 runs.
 
Rohit and Rahul broke the record in the 16th over with the latter getting out on 57, spooning a Wahab Riaz fullish delivery to Babar Azam at covers.
 
Rohit helped the duo get the landmark with a cut against leg-spinner Shadab Khan.
 
The duo shared a 100-plus stand for the opening wicket, becoming, in the process, the first Indian pair to do so against Pakistan in a World Cup tie.
 
Rohit led the charge as he brought up his 50 in just 34 deliveries with the help of six fours and two sixes. 
 
In the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit allowed Rahul to settle down and played the aggressor's role from the get-go.
 
The 32-year old was lucky to survive a run out chance in the 11th over when a hesitation between him and Rahul saw Rohit way out of his crease, as Shadab Khan did superbly well to pick up the ball with one hand but got the direction of the throw wrong.
 
In the next over, Rohit rubbed salt into his wound by tonking the spinner for a four and a six off consecutive deliveries to bring up his half century.
 
Rahul, who got his fifty with a six off Shoaib Malik, looked in good touch once he saw off the initial phase. 
 
At the other end, for the 27-year-old Karnataka batsman it was always going to be a daunting task to fill into Dhawan's shoes who is a pillar for Virat Kohli's side at the top.
 
Rahul's innings was laced with three fours and two sixes as the pair added 136 runs for the opening wicket.
 
At the other end, there was no stopping Rohit as he continued his rich vein of form in the competition. Rohit got to his hundred by milking Shadab for a single. 
 
His wife, Ritika Sajdeh, was there in the stands to applaud him, a broad smile hugging her cheeks, as the dashing right-hander raised his bat.
 
Rohit also got past M. S. Dhoni for the most number of sixes by an Indian batsman in international cricket when he hit Hasan Ali over the deep fine-leg boundary in the sixth over.
 
This is also only the fourth time a hundred-run partnership has been forged by India batsmen against arch-rivals Pakistan in World Cups. 
 
Mohammad Kaif and Sachin Tendulkar became the first pair in the 2003 World Cup while Shikhar Dhawan-Virat Kohli and Virat Kohli-Suresh Raina did so in the 2015 World Cup.
 
Rohit, in superb form this World Cup, has now joined an elite list of cricketers, becoming only the fourth player to aggregate 2,000 runs in One-Day Internationals against Australia. The others are Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Desmond Haynes.
 
The Mumbai batsman notched up the mark in his 37th innings against Australia -- the fastest to do so, and did so in style with a square drive to Glenn Maxwell for a four. 
 
Tendulkar took 51 innings to reach the milestone while Haynes and Richards took 59 and 45 innings, respectively.
 
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Pakistan win toss, put India in to bat first

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Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and asked India to bat first in their World Cup group stage encounter at the Old Trafford on Sunday.
 
India brought in Vijay Shankar for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, while Pakistan have brought back spinners Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim in place of Shaheen Afridi and Asif Ali.
 
"We will bowl first. It has been raining, so the conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0," Sarfaraz said at the toss, referring to India's unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cup. 
 
Virat Kohli said: "We would have bowled first, to be honest. The wicket looks really nice, though, and we have two wrist spinners in our team. We will be in good stead if we bat well. We have been playing good cricket, and we don't want to tinker with the team combination. We have one forced change, Shikhar misses out and Vijay Shankar comes in his place. He is a solid batsman, brilliant in the field and gives us few overs, too."
 
Teams: India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
 
Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
 
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Rain threat looms large as fans gear up for high-voltage India-Pakistan clash

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Predictions of rain during the course of the much-awaited India-Pakistan match in the World Cup on Sunday is keeping everyone on the edge. Prayers have started and fingers are crossed as this is not just any other match.
 
It has been raining cats and dogs in this part of the world for the last few weeks, resulting in as many as four games yielding no result due to inclement weather. In fact, there was light rain even on Saturday and the outfield has already taken a beating thanks to the lack of adequate covers.
 
According to weather reports, it could start raining from noon and continue till sunset, which is around 8.30 p.m.- 9 p.m. But chances are not that high, say the weathermen.
 
This has already become the wettest World Cup since 1975 when the first such tournament was played. 
 
At least 10 of the next 29 matches have more than 60 per cent chances of rain while six others have more than 50 per cent probability of rain, says Accuweather.com, a commercial weather forecasting service provider.
 
India and Pakistan will be meeting for the seventh time in a World Cup on Sunday. On all the six previous occasions, the Men in Blue have been victorious.
 
The ICC has said in a statement that it will be a logistical mayhem to keep reserve days for games in the group stage.
 
"Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson had said in a statement a few days back.
 
"It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials' availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly, the spectators who in some instances travel hours to be at the game. There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either.
 
"Up to 1,200 people are on site to deliver a match and everything associated with it, including getting it broadcast, and a proportion of them are moving around the country. So reserve days in the group stages would require a significant uplift in the number of staff," he added.
 
But if the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan is affected by rain, the international body will have a tough task at hand answering critics. 
 
After all, fans not just in England, but from across the world have arrived in Manchester for the Battle Royale.
 
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Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs, rise to top of table

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Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs in their 2019 ICC World Cup group stage clash at the Oval on Saturday. The victory took Australia to the top of the table with eight points, while Sri Lanka remain at fifth place with four.
 
Chasing a target of 335, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 247, despite a 115-run opening stand between Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera. 
 
Australia's charge to 334/7 was largely powered by captain Aaron Finch's 153 off 132 balls, which was part of a 173-run stand between him and Steve Smith (73 off 59) for the third wicket. Finch hit 15 fours and five sixes and also shared an 80-run opening stand with David Warner (26 off 48). 
 
Finch was dismissed by Isuru Udana in the 43rd over after which Sri Lanka managed to get a grip on the game with frequent wickets. Smith was dismissed in the next over and by the time the Australian innings came to an end, they had lost seven wickets with Glenn Maxwell (46 off 25) and Mitchell Starc (5 off 4) at the crease. 
 
Sri Lanka made a strong start to the chase with captain Karunaratne and Kusal pegging back the Australian pacers and Maxwell. Starc, however, got the breakthrough by taking Kusal's middle stump when the latter was on 52 off 36 balls. Sri Lanka never managed to get a significant partnership after that. 
 
Lahiru Thirimanne, who replaced Kusal, became Jason Behrendorff's first World Cup wicket and Karunaratne was dismissed on 97 off 109 by Kane Richardson. 
 
While the top three wickets contributed 186 runs to the Sri Lankan total, the rest only managed 61. Starc ended the innings with figures of 4/55 while Richardson took three wickets. Pat Cummins was the man who took the final Sri Lankan wicket and ended the match with two to his name. 
 
Brief scores: Australia 334/7, Aaron Finch 153 (132), Steve Smith 73 (59), Dananjaya De Silva 2/40. Sri Lanka 247, Dimuth Karunaratne 97 (108), Kusal Perera 52 (36), Mitchell Starc 4/55
 
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Hockey: India outplay South Africa 5-1 to win FIH Men’s hockey Series Finals

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Playing to a plan, India outpaced South Africa 5-1 to win the FIH Men’s Hockey Series Finals in front of their home fans here on Saturday. Asian Games Champion Japan beat the USA 4-2 to claim the third place.?
 
India and South Africa have earned a berth in the FIH Olympic qualifiers.?
 
India lived up to their supremacy in the FIH World Rankings. It did not take them very long to take the lead with a goal from Varun Kumar from a penalty corner. The hosts mostly played in South Africa’s half during the first quarter and doubled their lead, with another penalty corner; this time from Harmanpreet Singh.?
 
South Africa spared no effort to come back into the match but they struggled to create good chances. And it was India who added another goal to their tally with a penalty stroke ?from Harmanpreet Singh. At Half-time India led  3-0.
 
At the start of the second half, South Africa missed a good opportunity which, if converted, would have given hope and confidence to the African champions. Instead of that, India ?took a 4-goal advantage through Vivek Prasad who converted from a short distance as a result of an offering from Simranjeet Singh after brilliant dribbling in the circle.?
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South Africa were determined to find the target and they were a step away from doing so on two consecutive attempts from Keenan Horne and Richard Pautz towards the end of the ?third quarter.?
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The final quarter of this tournament saw the home team continue attacking and Varun Kumar scored his second penalty corner. He too was taking his goal tally in this event to six,? therefore joining Harmanpreet Singh -- later chosen Man of the Match -- and Semen Matkovskiy at the top of the goalscorer standings. ?
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Meanwhile, the African champions also found the target as Richard Pautz was in the right place to hit the ball over the goal-line from a penalty corner.  ?
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After the win, captain Manpreet Singh said, "This was quite a good tournament. We did well and can improve as well. We will work in the camp. Next step is in November (qualifiers), we will prepare for our opponents there."
 
India’s head coach Graham Reid said: “It was a really interesting tournament. There are always things which we can improve. I think that the areas that we worked on in the last two-three months,? we’ll be continuing. The boys will now have a couple of weeks off, spend time with their families and recharge their batteries. Then we have a really hard month in July and we go ?to the Olympic Games’ test event in Tokyo in August. It will be a busy period.”?
 
South Africa’s head coach Garreth Ewing opined: “First, we’ll take from this tournament a step to the next round. It was really good for us to spend some time together as a team. The first couple of games were tough but we progressed nicely, then we found our rhythm and we were very competitive and really happy to play against India in the final. We lost to a very good team tonight.”?
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 Earlier in a match for the third place, true to the tactical principles they had showcased since the beginning of the tournament, Japan immediately started to put pressure on the USA while the North Americans were defensively well-organised and ready to seize every opportunity to move quickly upfront.?
 
On one of their first counter-attacks, the USA won a penalty corner which Aki Kaeppeler converted into the first goal of this match for third place. ?
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However, Japan reacted quickly and following a drag-flick from a penalty corner by Yoshiki Kirishita, Kazuma Murata found the target one minute later.?
 
Japan continued to attack and were close to taking the lead after a nice combination inside the circle but the US defence intervened. Half way through the second quarter, the Asian champions were awarded a penalty stroke. However, Hirotaka Zendana missed the target.?
 
The Asian champions did not give up and in the same quarter they got another penalty stroke which, this time, Yoshiki Kirishita converted, therefore giving his side a 2-1 lead. In the meantime, Japan’s goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa had denied a further scoring opportunity for the USA with a brilliant save.?
 
The second half started with repeated attacks from Japan on USA’s goal. But, despite a plethora of great chances, they were either unable to find the target or were thwarted by US goalkeeper Daniel Wisselink -- later elected Man of the Match -- who was having an outstanding day. Meanwhile, Rutger Wiese’s team always looked dangerous on the break.?
 
The dying moments of the game were just thrilling. With one minute to go, the USA managed to get back into the match with a second goal from Aki Kaeppeler from a penalty corner. A shootout competition was looming … but the team of Captain Mohan Gandhi had hardly celebrated their equaliser when they conceded two goals from Kenta Tanaka before the final whistle!?
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Women’s Hockey: India beat Uruguay 4-1 in FIH Series Finals opener

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India opened their campaign at the FIH Women's Hockey Series Finals with a facile 4-1 win over Uruguay here on Saturday.
 
Ranked No. 9 in the world, India opened their account as captain Rani Rampaul gave them a lead in the 10th minute with a skilful strike. 
 
At the end of the first quarter, India led the match despite Uruguay dominating the possession in the quarter and creating more opportunities. The South American side had four circle penetrations and two penalty corners, all of them kept at bay by an alert Indian defence. 
 
India dominated possession in the second quarter. While the Uruguay team was kept quiet, India kept making their moves in their half.
 
In the 21st minute, India got their first penalty corner as Gurjant Kaur didn’t make any mistake by converting it into a goal making it 2-0.
 
The third quarter had a scrappy start as both sides kept losing the ball initially. But soon, India got another penalty corner. Uruguayan goalkeeper Constance Schmidt-Liermann, however, brought off a good save.
 
Within the same minute, Uruguay got two penalty corners but none changing anything as India kept their defence tight to keep the score line at 2-0.
 
India’s constant pressure reaped dividends in the 40th minute. A nice pass from Vandana Katariya was ably converted by Jyoti to make it 3-0 for India, a scoreline that remained intact at the end of the 3rd quarter.
 
The fourth quarter didn’t look to have any different script. In the 50th minute, Neha Goyal had a chance to make it 4-0 for India when she fumbled a chance, inches from the goal post at the right corner.
 
Against the run of the play, a minute later, Uruguay finally found the back of the net with some individual brilliance from Maria Teresa Viana Ache. She ran through the Indian defence to score her team’s first in the 51st minute.
 
India wasn’t ready to sit on the lead and, five minutes later, took a 4-1 lead. Captain Rani made a smart pass in the circle  to Lalremsiami who was unmarked and she nudged the ball into Uruguayan goal. 
 
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Indian compound archers win two bronze medals in World Championship

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Indian women compound trio -- V. Jyothi Surekha, Muskan Kirar and Raj  Kaur -- bagged  the bronze medal defeating Turkey (229 - 226) in World Championship-Den Bosch (Netherlands) on Saturday.
 
Chinese Taipei won the title while the USA took the silver  medal. 
 
Before losing to the USA in the semi-final in a very tight match (227 - 226), India defeated France in the pre-quarter final (236 -226) and the hosts -- Netherlands (219 - 213) in the quarter-final. 
 
Giving a good performance in the individual category, Jyothi Surekha crushed the challenge of Yasim Bostan (Turkey) in a tie-breaker {145, 10 - 145, 9} who had a better standing in the qualification round (15th) and brought another bronze medal for the country. 
 
Jyothi defeated Eva Ploszal of Sweden (141 - 136) in 1/48 round, Layla Annisar of Great Britain (143-142) in 1/24 round, Choi Bomini of Korea in 1/16 round (146-144), Ist ranked Tanya Jemen of Demark in a tie-breaker {146-146 (10, x /10, 9)} and Sarah Prieels of Brazil (147 vs 141) in the quarter-final to meet Paige Pearce of USA in the semi-final. She lost to the US archer (143 Vs 140) and went to the bronze medal match. 
 
President of Archery Association  of India Arjun Munda expressed his pleasure over the impressive performance of the compound archers in the World Championship. He congratulated the winning archers for their superb show and accompanying officials for their untiring efforts. 
 
Secretary General of AAI Virendra Sachdeva said that tomorrow is an important day when Indian Recurve Men's team -- Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav -- will face China in the final for the world champion's title. 
 
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Junior Men's Hockey: India beat Austria 4-2 in 8-Nations U-21 Invitational

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India overpowered Austria 4-2 in their 5-8 classification game at the 8-Nations U-21 hockey Invitational tournament here on Saturday.
 
India were keen to kick the game off positively and finish the tournament on a high note. On the attack for a majority of the period, their efforts paid dividends right at the end of the first quarter as India won their first penalty corner of the game. Sanjay converted from the ensuing drag-flick to give India the lead right at the death as the teams went into the break.
 
India's aggressive, attacking play had been a feature even in the games prior to this encounter, and despite conceding goals at the back, the attack had found goals with regularity. That statistic proved useful even in this match. Sanjay scored his second goal of the game off another penalty corner in the 23rd minute, as India put some distance between themselves and their opponents. At  half time, India led 2-0.
 
Austria came out reinvigorated in the third quarter, and immediately wrested control. Oliver Kern scored their first goal in the 34th minute, cutting India's lead to one. Within the minute though, the cushion was restored, Rahul Rajbhar scoring to make it 3-1. The quarter was a topsy turvy affair, the momentum shifting both ways with regularity. The teams went into the break with the score at 3-1. 
 
In almost a replay of the previous quarter, Austria again came out of the blocks quicker, and in the 49th minute, Phillip Schippan score and drew them to within one goal of India again. Again, though, India responded when required, Prabhjot Singh scoring in the 51st minute, to restore the two-goal lead. That goal killed Austria's spirits, and India put in a controlled performance to  take the victory.
 
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